ADUs

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Nebraska Considers State Zoning to Increase Housing Density

The bills would require cities to adopt zoning regulations to allow duplexes and ADUs.

February 1, 2024 - Unicameral Update

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Montana Judge Blocks Zoning Reforms

The decision reverses new laws once dubbed the ‘Montana Miracle.’

January 3, 2024 - Reason

SMall backyard cottage ADU in San Diego, California.

San Diegans at Odds Over ‘Granny Towers’

A provision in the city’s ADU ordinance allows developers to build an essentially unlimited number of units on single-family lots.

November 29, 2023 - CALmatters

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A Look at Milwaukee’s Zoning Reform Proposal

The ‘Growing MKE’ plan calls for allowing ADUs, reducing barriers to new construction, and expanding the types of housing available in the city’s residential areas.

November 8, 2023 - Urban Milwaukee

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Reno Revisits Zoning Reform

After roundly rejecting a proposal to legalize granny flats in 2018, the city council is revising it and other zoning reform proposals that could increase the city’s affordable housing supply.

November 3, 2023 - Fox Reno

Rendering of cabin-style accessory dwelling unit with green trees in background.

Salem, Oregon Offers Pre-Approved ADU Plans

The city hopes the free plans will streamline the permitting process for homeowners and help spur more housing construction.

October 25, 2023 - KOIN6

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Federal Rule Change Lets Banks Include ADU Income in Mortgage Decisions

A policy change from the Federal Housing Administration is designed to spur more rental housing construction and bring homeownership within reach of more U.S. households.

October 17, 2023 - MReport

Family posing on stoop of white ADU.

Creating Affordable Housing is a Priority for ADU Owners

How accessory dwelling units can benefit homeowners and renters alike.

October 12, 2023 - Jessica Brown

Yellow converted garage with green door and white-framed windows.

Opinion: ADUs Are Not the Solution to the Housing Crisis

One writer argues that backyard homes can hinder community-building and relegate some residents to the shadows.

October 9, 2023 - Next City

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Austin Could Legalize Tiny Homes, RVs as ADUs

Expanding the types of homes eligible as accessory dwelling units could help more homeowners afford the construction costs.

September 18, 2023 - Austin Monitor

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ADU Permits Spike in Sacramento County

Backyard cottages, known as accessory dwelling units, are touted as one solution to the rising cost of housing.

September 14, 2023 - KCRA

Suburban Phoenix single-family homes in a cul-de-sac, one with large saguaro cactus in front yard

Phoenix Approves ADUs

The city hopes backyard ‘casitas’ can help alleviate the housing crisis.

September 11, 2023 - The Center Square

Two-story houses on tree-lined street in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Poised to Make ADUs By-Right

A new ordinance would reduce costs and delays for building or converting accessory dwelling units in single-family neighborhoods.

July 18, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Small gray backyard cottage with glass door and bike sitting in front of it

ADU Demand Grows Across the West Coast

In communities from California to Washington, permit applications for accessory dwelling units outpace the ability of permitting and construction to keep pace.

July 14, 2023 - Cottage ADU

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Saratoga Springs Revises Internal ADU Rules

The city is aligning its policies with New York state regulations but is keeping parking requirements in place.

June 28, 2023 - Daily Herald

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Are Americans YIMBYs or NIMBYs? Some of Each.

A recent Zillow survey eviscerates a few myths about public opinion on housing issues, but also shows that public opinion is divided.

June 26, 2023 - Michael Lewyn

Denver City Hall building with green lawn and red flowers in front, Denver, Colorado

Denver Makes ADU Rules More Flexible

The city hopes adjusting its regulations for accessory dwelling units will make the process more affordable for residents and help ease the city’s housing crunch.

June 7, 2023 - Denverite

Small grey accessory dwelling unit cottage in California backyard

California Sees Spike in ADU Permits

Homeowners in the state are eagerly taking advantage of new laws allowing them to build additional housing units, making a small but significant impact on the housing supply.

May 29, 2023 - The Washington Post

Dark grey two-story accessory dwelling unit in backyard

Op-Ed: How ADUs Can Ease the Housing Crunch

With the right policies in place, basement apartments, converted garages, and backyard cottages can create a significant number of affordable housing units.

April 4, 2023 - Governing

Seattle

More ADUs Than Single Homes Being Built in Seattle

Permits for accessory dwelling units jumped by 250 percent between 2019 and 2022.

March 10, 2023 - The Seattle Times

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